KETTLE OF KITES
POUR ATOM OIL RE-WORK OF ‘SUPERNOVA’
SCI-FI INSPIRED ALBUM: ‘ARROWS’- OUT NOW
+ NEW UK DATES THIS JANUARY
“Kettle of Kites look to the skies on their second album… Spindly indie rock and pastoral folk arrangements provide a sweet sounding contrast to the band’s apocalyptic warnings”.
The Big Issue
“a pan-European band who deliver the kind of post-rock that is orchestral tinged and eminently listenable.”
The Crack Magazine
“thoughtful lyrics and cinematic instrumentation”
Kettle of Kites have unveiled a new re-work of ‘Supernova’, courtesy of London based producer ‘Pour Atom Oil’.
Following a meeting of minds at a recent London show together, the two artists have collaborated on the pulsating, glitch-tronica indebted remix we hear today.
‘Supernova’ was released earlier in 2019 as the single to be taken from Kettle of Kites’ latest album ‘Arrows’.
Reworked with a scatter-gun electronic approach reminiscent of the creations of Fourtet or Thom Yorke, the harmonic structure of the original song is turned inside-out to create a dark, hypnotic and rhythmically driven remix. The photo paired with it, is another from the stunning series which accompanies ‘Arrows’, taken by Carlotta Cardana.
The original of ‘Supernova’ is a complex composition that sees the band utilise organic and electronic instrumentation, with its hypnotic rhythms and twitching percussion providing a playground of sound for any producer to work with.
Preserving the track’s thought provoking lyrics, the song is based on one of the many imaginative stories by iconic science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. With artists from Kraftwerk to Kate Bush having written songs musing on the potential for love between man and machine, Kettle of Kites carry the torch on with the lyrics of ‘Supernova’. As frontman Tom Stearn explains:
“‘Supernova’ is in fact a love story between a robot and a human, but it’s not clear which is the human and which is the robot. It’s a reflection on what love really is, how it affects us and where the line is between the realities and fictions we tell ourselves, between ‘programmed’ feelings and the inexplicable reasons we love something or someone.”
‘Arrows’, the new album from Kettle of Kites is a science fiction concept album that traverses the listener through space, time and beyond. The record features 9 tracks of stimulating post-rock each inspired by the groundbreaking ideas of Isaac Asimov. Praised by The Scotsman for their “mix of thoughtful lyrics and cinematic instrumentation”, the album was also championed by The Big Issue who said: “Kettle of Kites look to the skies on their second album… Spindly indie rock and pastoral folk arrangements provide a sweet sounding contrast to the band’s apocalyptic warnings”.
In support of the album, the international-spanning collective will be heading to the UK for two further live shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow this January in which they will perform tracks from ‘Arrows’ as a full band. With tickets on sale now, details for each of the gigs can be found here:
UK LIVE DATES
24 Jan Glasgow / The Hug and Pint (as part of Celtic Connections)
27 Jan Edinburgh / Sneaky Pete’s (as part of Independent Venue Week)
Tickets available here:
LISTEN TO ‘SUPERNOVA ’REMIX HERE:
KETTLE OF KITES – ‘ARROWS’ – OUT NOW
At a time when isolationism and ideological inward-looking, seem to be gripping the western world with greater effect every day, Kettle of Kites are a band unafraid to break the curve. With its constituent members hailing from Scotland, England, Belgium and Italy, Kettle of Kites gaze far beyond the borders of Earth and transfix upon the wonders of the universe and its limitless possibilities. Arriving in 2019 like a pan-European, sci-fi space rock programme, the four piece will deliver their new album this Autumn: ‘Arrows’, an innovative concept record inspired by the works of science-fiction pioneer: Isaac Asimov.
Straddling the astral planes between Radiohead, Talk Talk and Green-era REM, Kettle of Kites are a sci-fi inspired rock band currently based in Italy. Releasing ‘Loan’ in 2015, the band’s debut album arrived as very much the solo effort of Scottish songwriter and former member of orchestral indie-pop outfit Admiral Fallow: Tom Stearn. Recorded unceremoniously in a basement in Italy, the release was finessed half way across the world at the famous A Pocket Full Of Stones studio in Australia.
Returning to the project in 2019 with an expanded line up and a brave new vision for the band’s future, Stearn enlisted talents from across Europe in the form of Genoa’s Pietro Martinelli (bass), Brussels-based Marco Giongrandi (guitar) and London-based drummer Riccardo Chiaberta, to map out the musical schematics of upcoming concept album: ‘Arrows’. Combining a wealth of experiences from music scenes across Europe, on ‘Arrows’ the new-look line up adeptly illustrate the vividly visionary worlds and endlessly imaginative idiosyncrasies of acclaimed Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov. Harnessing supernova crescendos to spatial melodies with artful effect, ‘Arrows’ sees Kettle of Kites charting their true potential with nine intrepidly arranged and intergalactically influenced compositions that reach for the stars.
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